Rukhsar Pekcan drew attention to the slowdown in trade and economic growth worldwide. The most important external market for Turkey, she called the Eurozone, although it has not escaped global trends. She continued: “In the first half of 2018, the negative balance of our foreign trade balance was 41.9 billion dollars, and now this figure has fallen to 14 billion God Willing, and in July we will see the same trend of reducing the negative balance.” The Minister added that the reduction of Turkey’s need for external financing by 28 billion dollars compared to 2018 will greatly help the Turkish economy in its quest to achieve balance.